Methodology of the course

Paul Jenkins
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Documentary Film Director, Writer & Narrator
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The Story Course - Storytelling Masterclass

Next Level Storytelling: How to Create, Write and Tell Stories That Impact and Engage Your Audience Each and Every Time

02:17:09 of on-demand video • Updated June 2020

  • Create great stories using proven storytelling techniques
  • Know the storytelling fundamentals that make stories flow and function
  • Understand how to create impactful and emotional stories
  • Discover the psychology behind why certain narrative storytelling techniques work
  • Develop storytelling skills that can be applied to promote and enhance many areas of activity
English [Auto] I want to say what about the method of the course and how you can get the most out of it. First of all it's a really good idea to know who you're being told by because that'll give you the context in which you can understand the stuff I'm saying and sometimes understand how it might apply better to your particular case or what your particular case I hope better. So I'm a I'm a documentary filmmaker by profession. I've been doing it for more than 20 years and had the privilege to make more than 40 films around the world for many of the world's major television networks. So the BBC arts in France and Germany PBS PBS and America for example and principally I've certainly in recent years I've done long form documentary films so films which are basically 80 or 90 minutes long and require a considerable amount of scripting storytelling and you know really getting to the guts of the way a story works because I believe you may get 80 or 90 minute film to engage and retain the engagement and attention and audience ain't easy. So a lot of the storytelling stuff I'm going to teach you in this course has come from practical experience of basically wrangling films through the hellish weeks and weeks and weeks of editing down to a point where they actually work as films and that involves principally story and storytelling. There are there are other things but the story in storytelling is the absolute foundation of that. OK now another thing I do is I'm actually an audiobook narrator and what I do is work with a number of different writers. And so I'm working principally actually across fiction in the audiobooks I'm doing and that requires first of all understanding how a book and how the story inside a book functions how the structure of that story works inside a book prior to actually prepping it and then actually narrating it because the narration involves an understanding of the tone and voice perspective dynamics inside the book. It also involves an understanding of how to act the various parts inside a book the Irish characters might sound a bit like this but you have to choose make choices about character narrative perspective tone and all that stuff. When you do an audiobook as an OR as a narrator and so that again comes from a point from storytelling perspective but it also gives me the privilege of actually seeing different ways of putting stories together. And when you actually narrate stories you actually voiced them as you read them aloud and you performed them act them aloud in fact then you got a unique insight into the guts of story when it comes to fiction which I think not. Not everyone gets even the writers don't necessarily get that because you can write something and I am a writer. But when you actually start to voice something and put it put it into the ether if you like you get it again. And if you like an advanced perspective on the way the story works that's let's put it that way. A few years ago I founded a group called Story Optik which is for all sorts of disparate folk from filmmaking writing marketing communications and God knows want to come into that group and actually swap experiences about stories they are doing and the way that that works. And so I get some feedback and experience from from other people using storytelling in different ways. And finally I find myself a kind of story consultant for some people where people need a trailer they need a teaser they need a series concept. They might be getting into research for something and so on an ad hoc basis I find myself actually consulting people on the story and sometimes they think that they're asking me to actually help them with a script for example or with a with a trailer with a form of a trailer. But actually what it really boils down to is an understanding of how that particular story can work best and framing it in a storytelling structure first before getting into the detail of actually trying to script something turning out that's who I am and that's that's that's the if you like the point of view with which I'm teaching you through this course course style and I going to make no apology for this. I know it's very informal. I know the camera angles pointing up at me. I know you've got a whole bunch of text on the screen and a fancy graphics or nothing nothing super duper schmaltzy OK. That is the way I like to teach. When it comes to you to me if you don't like it please refund this course right now. Get your money back. Don't waste your time going through any of the other lectures. If you feel it if you feel you're not going to learn in this fashion if you feel you need to have 100 100000 slides or sophisticated animations or a highly scripted course this ain't the course for you believe me. You want to go. You want to go elsewhere but if you fail at all you're going to get something other scores do stay. Do stay with it be great to have you here take notes as you go through this course you know grab a pen and paper and just take Ad-Hoc notes far quicker than typing stuff up. Also allows you to doodle and to make lines and my maps and things as you're studying it's by far the best way I've ever found to actually absorb something the something to do with the neurological feedback when you actually handwrite and the brain that actually puts information into your mind in a different way to when you're actually typing. So for the typist sorry for the word processing crowd out there that has been my constant experience. I do use Scrivener when I write which is a software app and everything else. But I absolutely use pen and paper when I'm trying to absorb ideas and play with ideas as I'm trying to follow of course. So I hope that tip will help you as well. Finally what about reviews. You to me has a very strange system where they they start knocking and asking you for reviews and feedback very early on in the course and this irritates some people and they score courses. Half a star or one star. Very early on and that can absolutely kill us instructors because that kind of review basically downgrades anti-course no one else wants to buy it. No one else wants to even consider it. And the cost just dies. So please please please get a bit through the course before you decide. Give me half a stock such as your intent. On the other hand you may love the course in which case you can score me higher. That would be great but do at least please consider some of the some of the actual course work through it a bit before you actually decide to grade or review it because otherwise frankly if you're basing it on on on a handful of minutes or the very start of a course that really isn't enough to actually give a fair a fair appreciation of what you actually think of the stuff I'm teaching. OK so I would I would ask you to do that and then at the very end of the Course you'll see a bonus lecture and in there you'll find a link into story Optik where you can actually come and join my group and be part of that storytelling community. OK so that's it. That's the method of the Course that's how it all works. I hope that works for you. Let's move on.